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Month: November 2011

Making an Impact: K-State Proud

K-State Proud is a student led philanthropic campaign on the K-State campus. The money raised allows students that are at risk of leaving K-State because of financial situations to stay on campus. This amazing task is done mainly through student donations.

Through my involvement in this campaign, I have had the opportunity to help decide what students receive the K-State Proud Awards. Over this semester, K-State Proud has awarded 32 students a K-State Proud Award. The total amount awarded is $41,829.42. These awards have helped keep students at K-State and on track to accomplish their goals.

K-State Proud also looks to recognize the outstanding leaders on the K-State campus that aren’t always getting noticed or the leaders that are helping out in the community without wanting attention. K-State Proud recognizes these students with the K-State Hero Award. This $500 award goes to 5 students each semester. Students are nominated by their peers, professors, or community members for the Hero Award.

The K-State Proud campaign gives life to the phrase “K-State Family.” Students donate a minimum of $10 to receive a K-State Proud t-shirt. These donations form Student Opportunity Awards that keep K-State students on campus.

My involvement with the K-State Proud campaign has been the most rewarding experience I have had at K-State. Recently I received an email explaining how much the K-State Proud Award changed a student’s life:

“My sense of the meaning of community has changed profoundly.  When I was on the verge of losing access to higher education, it was my fellow wildcats who gave me the help I needed to pull through a difficult time in my life.  We are a community as much as we are a university, and it is a community to which I feel a great sense of gratitude.  I will be thinking to myself, when I graduate this May, that I have made it in large part because I had a community behind me.  We are a community – a true wildcat “nation”, a nation to whom I will always continue to belong (as alumni), and continue to give back.”

Receiving an email like that reminds me how important K-State Proud is and the impact it has on K-State students.

If you know a current K-State student that is in need of a K-State Proud Award or a K-State student that would be a great K-State Hero, nominate them today.


There’s No Place Like London: International Leadership Conference and More

A few weeks ago, when I hopped on a plane at MHK and crossed the pond to England, I had only a few expectations: to be amazed, inspired and informed. I have to say, my experience at the International Leadership Association exceeded any expectation I had or ever dreamed of.

Our team of School of Leadership Studies students participated in the student case competition where 11 undergraduate teams vied for the opportunity to represent their university in applying leadership theory to a current global crisis. Everything about this conference was way beyond I ever imagined. There were so many people to meet (distinguished scholars, fellow students, even K-State alumni!) from different parts of the world. I feel like I have gained so much knowledge and experience in just three days. It’s going to take me weeks to process it all (I’m still working on it).

Campus Chalking-Oxford style

Student teams were judged on three sectors: written brief, poster presentation and final presentation (pending judges approval). In the end, it was us, Claremont McKenna, and  Georgia Tech University in top billing for the final round. It was really neat to see how each team interpreted the rubric for the case. All of the presentations were creative and innovative, making the judges’ jobs really tough.


Team Picadilly in an English telephone booth. Classic

At the final keynote assembly, we were all sitting on the edge of our seat, anxiously awaiting the results of our hard work. All of the weeks, days, hours we spent culminated in this moment. The night before, our faculty advisors told us that in this moment, it didn’t matter where we ranked, because we had already won in their eyes. We really have some of the greatest faculty members in the entire world right here on campus.

The gentleman announcing the top team was from Fort Hays State and as we were hanging on his every word, he proceeded to say, “The winners of the student case competition are…from my home state” and I jumped up with (probably too much) happiness.  I couldn’t believe we had done it! WE ARE INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS?

K-S-U Wildcats!

Alright, champions may be too strong of a word, but we did K-State proud all thanks to the superb leadership we have right here-we even made it on the K-State homepage! It just goes to show that you can travel the world, but there is only one Kansas State University. Our success is but a mere reflection of what we have learned right here, at home.

Way to go Team Picadilly! Thanks for all the great times and an awesome journey. I’ll never forget all we saw, smelled, ate, and did. It was truly an honor to be a part of the team. I’m just bloated with glee because of it!

Cheers! And…GO CATS!!!

Parade de Lights

Every year, Salina has an awesome parade to celebrate the holidays.

Every year, I jump up and down with joy when I learn I can participate in it. Or maybe I jump up and down because of how cold it is. Either way, there is jumping of the up and down occurring.

Plus, throwing candy at kids is fun, er, not “throwing” because that’s obviously dangerous; tossing, tossing candy at kids! Not to mention, all sorts of groups, businesses, and clubs get to show off their talent at float decorating. My job may not be as cool as Philips Lighting, curse you and your cool lights and gangsta music; but we definitely know how to make our float look flashy and full of Christmas joy.

392354_2763317885440_1332632552_4720500_473994798_n.jpgMy advice for you? Go to the Parade of Lights. You never know what kinds of people you’ll see and the kinds of Christmas cheer you’ll spread!

Life Doesn’t Slow Down!

Where to begin?! It’s been a while since my last post because I literally haven’t stopped being busy for the past two straight weeks.  I was in Stillwater last weekend for the heart-breaking loss the Cats suffered, but I was also in the front row at our 4 overtime thrilling victory this weekend!  We had our annual philanthropy, The Pancake Feed, this past Friday.  It was a great success!  We served 350 people delicious pancakes, and we raised over $1,400 for the Manhattan Boys and Girls Club.  After the game on Saturday, we had a dinner with the alumni of our house.  The current members were there, along with classes from over 50 years ago and everywhere in between.  It was a really great chance to meet some of my fraternity brothers!  Today, I helped rake leaves for a community service project with my Honors Class.  We raked for older people in Manhattan that couldn’t do it themselves, and it was a great feeling to see how happy we made them!

I’ve had tests, quizzes and papers out the wazoo recently, and I’ve got another four tests this week before Thanksgiving Break…  It’s going to be a long week, I can already tell.  I’ll be heading back to Kansas City on Thursday afternoon for a week long break!  I can’t wait to see my family, my dog, and my high school friends; I also can’t wait to catch up on some of the sleep I’ve been missing the past few weeks.  Wish me luck on getting through this week though!



Here’s a picture of my cousin and I standing outside Oklahoma State’s football stadium!

Lucky Number 4! #EMAW

As many of you hopefully know, the ‘Cats pulled off a HUGE win over the Texas A&M Aggies last night at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. What many of you might not know is how incredible it was to be in the iCat Student Section during the entire thing.

My love for K-State Football started at a young age. When I attended games with my family, I always watched the student section in awe and dreamed of someday getting to sit in those coveted seats—the band, the field, and the intensity of the game just yards away. Last night was the epitome of that euphoric feeling coming to life. We showed up about an hour before the game started and scored 6th row seats (which was pretty lucky). After not one, not two, but FOUR overtimes, the ‘Cats pulled off the win. It was simply incredible. Although I was exhausted after 5 hours of screaming and my hands were a little sore from giving so many high fives…that’s something you can’t really complain about.

If you are a potential student–I cannot stress enough about how fun attending games and sitting in the student section is. Kansas State has the best seating for students across the Big 12 (and arguably the nation). Even if you don’t know the difference between a touchdown and a home run…I promise you will have the time of your life.

Click here to watch the WINNING TD in 4OT! Even if you were there…re-watching it still brings some intense urges to Wabash.

with peace, love, and EMAW forever.
xoxo, ellen



Happy Halloween…

It’s a real happy Halloween when you have to pull another all-nighter… You may realize that I’m posting this at 6 in the morning.  This is because I just finished a huge project and studied for a test, and I’m still hyped up on energy drinks.  Why do I have to be such a procrastinator?!  In all seriousness though, it was a great weekend.  Homecoming week finished off on Friday with the parade and pep rally.  My fraternity and our partners placed second overall!  Unfortunately, the Cats lost their first game, but we still celebrated Halloween on Saturday.  There were a lot of really creative costumes!  On Sunday, I caught up on some sleep, and I got a lot checked off my list of things to do.

I’ve been meaning to post some pictures from the past couple weeks, so here goes:

321254_10150360639759627_507024626_8007258_67200729_n.jpg My Leadership Group with Willie!Pumpkins.jpg People working hard to carve pumpkins at our function!

Float.jpg   Our amazing Homecoming float!